Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

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Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby leenew » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:38 pm

Hi,
Were there any games where the version published for the Electron was better than the beeb version?
Or any Electron games that were different enough from the beeb version to be worth mentioning?
I was thinking of including them on bbcmicro.co.uk

p.s. I have heard rumours that FRAK! is better on the Elk... :-k

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby danielj » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:54 pm

Sphinx Adventure was better on the Elk.

*scarpers*

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby CMcDougall » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:49 pm

Spaceman Sid - English soft

elk has highscores & demo when not active, better tunes too!
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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby Kecske Bak » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:06 am

Definitely Frak! Better collision detection, more levels, a screen designer, customisable start level and colourschemes. It may only be monochrome (and monophonic) but it is a far, far better game than the BBC Micro version. I'd love a BBC Master version of Frak! that's the Electron version with BBC Micro 4-colour graphics and 4-channel sound.

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby CMcDougall » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:01 am

Gauntlet -Micro Power, never released for beeb, but a few changes BITD and it works perfect. Much better than Defender / galaxian etc
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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby JoolsH » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:20 am

Moonraider is very different on BBC and Electron. Arguable which one is better, though.

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby CMcDougall » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:27 pm

/\ depends if you like it in a little box on elk...
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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby MatthewThompson » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:04 pm

Another vote for the Electron version of Frak! being better than the BBC.

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby kieranhj » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:53 pm

Kecske Bak wrote:Definitely Frak! Better collision detection, more levels, a screen designer, customisable start level and colourschemes. It may only be monochrome (and monophonic) but it is a far, far better game than the BBC Micro version. I'd love a BBC Master version of Frak! that's the Electron version with BBC Micro 4-colour graphics and 4-channel sound.

Or just for a regular Model B if this was all squeezed onto an Electron. That could be an interesting (future) project. :wink: I just tried the frak-electron disk image in b-em and it works fine on a Model B but bombs out on a Master. Would require disassembling sometime... :-k
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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby sbadger » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:12 pm

If i'm honest I prefered the electron version of Repton 1 than the beeb. Even with the smaller viewport the smaller sprites gave a wider FOV and were cuter imo.

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby leenew » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:23 pm

Interesting!
Any more? :D

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby tom_seddon » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:50 am

Good point about the FOV on Electron Repton, but I don't think that's enough to save it :)

Electron Exile might be a contender. The 32K BBC version has a 128x128 display, but the Electron is more like 128x192 (I think), which is a useful step up. Sure, it's only 4 colours, but it does a good job of not feeling too much like it.

I wonder what extra stuff could have been included if that's how the BBC version had been done too!

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Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Postby Kecske Bak » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:38 am

tom_seddon wrote:Good point about the FOV on Electron Repton, but I don't think that's enough to save it :)

I think the most important difference in Electron Repton is the map character, which allows you to see the map only after it has been collected.

I like this feature (XOR certainly built on it in an interesting way) and it would have been good if it had been in Repton3.


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